The middle years are a time of great change, challenge and growth for all students. At Woodleigh these are years where students grow as individuals, develop their own interests and talents, and face and overcome all manner of educational and social hurdles unique to their age and peer groupings.
From Years 7–9, the curriculum at Woodleigh School is broad and comprehensive, providing a journey of discovery – of oneself and of the world. Based on core subjects and enriched as students progress through the school, it leads students to the acquisition of knowledge, the development of ideas and skills, and personal growth.
During these years, the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework is used to deliver the Victorian Curriculum.
The IB focuses on conceptual understanding and inquiry-based learning, with a strong emphasis on International-Mindedness and growth through Service, be it Service Learning or Service as Action.
As a school of moderate size, Woodleigh School’s style of operation can remain personal and flexible. By knowing our students well, Woodleigh can design learning programs that cater to a broad range of student needs. Extension and remedial programs in many subject areas cater for all learning ages and styles and work toward achieving the best academic result for each student. The sense of comfort and personal safety one gets in a smaller environment, where one has a greater sense of being ‘known’, are also vital precursors to effective education.
In the middle secondary years, Woodleigh aims to develop personal competencies in students – creativity, compassion, skill, and resilience – which will see them able to make a smooth transition through VCE and on to adult life, tertiary education and employment.
The senior years at Woodleigh, Years 10, 11 and 12, are the business end – where our unique ‘V’ curriculum of increasing leadership, responsibility and independence prepares students for success in their VCE studies and in life beyond school. At senior level, balance between academic and co-curricular studies is maintained through the continuing Homestead and Activities (to Year 11) Programs. Leadership opportunities abound in all areas of school life and all students are encouraged to participate, be it through sport, Service, Homestead, Activities or other co-curricular programs.
In the senior years we develop a variety of individual learning pathways for our students. Subject options include a full range of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units, together with Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) subjects, school based apprenticeships and accelerated University studies to meet individual student needs.
Our Year 10 curriculum provides a strong foundation for VCE through a balanced, individually tailored academic and co-curricular program. VCE acceleration units are available to students who have shown sufficient ability and maturity in their studies.
Careers counselling enables students to clarify career aspirations, investigate career options and develop job skills. Career education is integrated within the total curriculum with attention focused on the world of work at Year 10 level. At VCE level, particular emphasis is placed upon selection of appropriate subjects and preparation for tertiary study or employment. Many students have also discovered vocational interests through the Activities Program.
Woodleigh School VCE Results 2021 – Resilient – Talented – Hard-Working
After a VCE journey defined by lockdowns, remote learning, and the constant challenges and pivots this has necessitated, I couldn't be more proud of our 2021 Graduates.
95+ ATAR achievers – LtoR: Haydn Flanagan – Head of Senior Homestead, David Baker – Principal, Ben Fewster, Bella Gosling, Alexei Guy-Toogood (held by Bella), Ned Murdoch, Ainsley Paton, Isabel Allen, Jack Shalekoff (held by Izzy), Alyssa Schneider and Nat McLennan – Head of Senior Campus.
This cohort was supposed to have a better year in 2021. Instead, their VCE comprised six lockdown periods, constant flip-flopping from onsite to online, and dealing with the stress, loneliness and difficulties this constant change presented, all while trying to focus on study
The work done by both teachers and students in the past two years has been exceptional, so to be able to share the news that their drive and persistence has been rewarded fills me with pride.
This year's VCE results celebrate the efforts of the Class of 2021. As educators, we see students grow into themselves as they move through the years, gaining confidence and ability. When we farewell them, we know they are taking a wide variety of real-life experiences to draw on in their lives. They leave with so much more than a list of academic achievements; they leave with communication and problem-solving skills, empathy and an understanding that they can impact a situation based on their attitude and contribution.
An ATAR does not tell the whole story of any Woodleigh student. And, given the diverse abilities and aspirations of our students, it is wonderful to see those whose paths require a high ATAR will achieve this, and so much more along the way, at our school.
The Class of 2021 performed brilliantly. Our 2021 Dux is Bella Gosling, who achieved the most impressive ATAR of 99.35. Jack Shalekoff also excelled, achieving an ATAR of 98.3, while Ben Fewster, Alexei Guy-Toogood, Ned Murdoch, Ainsley Paton, Isabel Allen and Alyssa Scheider must also be lauded for their efforts, each achieving outstanding academic results, with ATARs above 95.
Congratulations again to Bella Gosling, who received a perfect study score of 50 in Literature.
I also recognise the work of Alyssa Schneider and Laura Jarvis, who have been shortlisted for the Top Arts at the NGV, VCAA Season of Excellence Exhibition.
- 12% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 95 or more.
- 21% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 90 or more.
- 42% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 80 or more.
- Our median study score was 32.
- Our median ATAR was 77.4
Excellence comes in many forms for Woodleigh students, and we applaud the entire cohort for what they have achieved and, most importantly, for the amazing young adults they have become.
I wish all students from the Class of 2021 the very best for next year as they move on to tertiary studies and work, or for some, a well-earned gap year. All the best.
DAVID BAKER Principal